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This fully welded, corrosion-resistant Volkswagen New Beetle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
✔ Confirmed to fit your 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle
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Drilling required for installation , Trunk access required for hitch installation , Minor heat shield modification may be required
Video of Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"
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Today on this 2005 Volkswagen new Beetle, we're going to show you the draw-tite, class 1, instant quarter hitch, part number 24679. First thing we need to do is go ahead and clean out the spare tire area. We'll end up drilling some holes into the trunk pan, but we don't want to damage the spare tire. Next step, we need to get underneath the vehicle and we need to lower the exhaust. To do that we're going to unbolt our exhaust hanger bracket here and here. We use a 13 millimeter socket for that. Now we need to modify the heat shield a little bit here, so I'm going to use tin snips to cut down this edge here, and I'm just going to bend it up. I'm going to use the end of the hammer here and help push up the edges up and out of the way.
This will get a little extra clearance with the hitch. Now at this point, we can go ahead and put our hitch in position. You'll definitely need an extra set of hands to help do this. We'll take one arm of the hitch that will go to the passenger side and that's going to go over the toe loop on the passenger side. We'll also drop a bolt from the top down which will be a long carriage bolt, then we'll install a block on the bottom with a lock washer and a nut. While we do that, on the driver's side we'll position that part of the hitch over the hanger we uninstalled earlier. We want to make sure our bracket sits below our hitch and your hitch is up against the frame.
Once we have everything lined up, we'll install the hardware which will be the new metric bolt, 8 millimeter by 30 millimeters long, lock washer, and a flat washer. Now it is a tight fit up in there, so to help us do that we're going to use a 13 millimeter socket and I'm going to put a piece of paper towel on the end of my socket to give my bolt a little extra grip on there. That way as much thread is showing to help get it started because we have to go through two layers of metal. Now once we have them both loosely installed, we'll go ahead snug them up. We'll leave this alone for now, we'll go towards the front underneath the trunk pan, and we'll use our hitch as a template to drill two half inch holes. It would also be a good idea to have some kind of support underneath the hitch to help hold it up against the trunk pan as well.
We've just got a pull jack here, but anything you can use to support it will help. Also at this point you want to double check to make sure the hitch is sitting in a straight line as well with the vehicle, then we'll drill out our holes. Let's go to the inside of the trunk pan and these are our holes we drilled out. Here's one here, we'll go ahead and apply some sealant to it to help protect the inside from getting wet or getting some exhaust fumes inside as well. Next we'll add our block and the short 1/2 inch carriage bolt, run this through the sheet metal and into the hitch. This is the hole on the driver side, we'll repeat the same process over on the passenger side. Here's our bolt from the inside.
We'll go ahead and install a 1/2 inch lock washer and a nut. We'll do that to both bolts. We'll tighten them up and make sure the bolts fit securely into the blocks on the inside, and then we'll tighten them down for good. Now with all our fasteners tightened down, we'll go ahead and torque them down as specified in the instructions. Then we can go ahead and reinstall the spare tire and the other components in the trunk area and that will finish it for our install of the draw-tite class 1, instant quarter receiver hitch, part number 24679 on this 2005 Volkswagen new Beetle. etrailer.com - expert service, lowest prices, fast shipping. 800.298.8924.
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (28 Customer Reviews)This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
by: Ryan H.09/08/2011
I bought this hitch for my 2001 VW Golf. The shipping was fast and cheap, (especially considering the size of the package) and the hitch showed up at my front door a few days after ordering, well-packed and undamaged. The install process was relatively straightforward, but I would say almost impossible without a second person to help hold the hitch in place while the bolts are attached. I ended up calling a friend and using the scissor jack out of the trunk of my car to hold the hitch in place while I bolted it in. I did run into a minor problem with a clearance issue between the rear valence on the car and the receiver portion of the hitch, but I rectified it by making a small cut-out in the plastic of the bumper with my pocketknife. Since the hitch is a permanent addition, I wasn't too concerned about making this alteration- you can't see it unless you look under the bumper, regardless. The package shipped with all the necessary hardware, and even included a hardcopy of the mounting instructions. As others have said, eye protection is key for this job, because you're going to have rust and road grit raining down on you while you try to move the hitch into position, and most of it is stuff you don't want in your eyes. In terms of actual towing, the hitch worked exactly as expected. I towed a uhaul trailer about 400 miles with absolutely no problems. It easily passed a safety inspection, and provided completely trouble-free operation. For the price and ease of install, this product can't really be beat! 23689
by: Roger H.09/11/2014
I'm glad my colleague convinced me to order a hitch from etrailer. The install went smoothly and my wife couldn't be happier with the hitch on her VW Beetle, now she gets to cart around her bike whenever she wants. I did benefit from reading other reviews and ended up using both a jack and a basketball/block of wood to prop up the hitch during the install (a second set of hands would have done the same thing). I also benefitted from owning a set of ramps to prop the back end of the car up, you can do it without but the added space was a huge help. Don't forget to order the "bolt leader" to thread through the 1/2" carriage bolt but you can also fish it through with a thin piece of wire. Overall the install was really easy and could be done by just about anyone. 150749
by: John W03/18/2015
I received the hitch a day early and it was easy to track from the website and\or email I received. The staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I watched a short video and installed the hitch without any problem. I however should have ordered the ball mount at the same time to avoid shipping. I am happy with my purchase and will order other hitches for my other vehicles. 179424
by: Russ C.07/10/2014
I bought a hitch from etrailer so I could install a bike rack on my 06 beetle. The order was quickly filled and all parts were included. Instructions were clear and the videos on the website made installation a breeze. Everything fit exactly as it was supposed to. Here is a pic of the hitch in action. It was a pleasure doing business with you guys......... 140548
by: Dave M.02/13/2011
I ordered this hitch and cannot believe how fast it arrived. I had Uhaul install it for me without any problems. I ordred from you guys because Uhaul said that it would take them up to 10 days to get it. My order arrived in four days and dropped on my front proch in perfect condition. I have since gone on their web site to find a bike rack and am really impressed with all the information that is available including videos. What a great site - puts all the rest to shame. Good prices as well. 7121
by: David B01/22/2011
We have to use a hitch to mount a bike rack, which my wife uses also as a wheelchair carrier for her work. The hitch fit where it said, and installation wasn't too difficult. (Wear safety glasses! You will get a lot of sand and/or dirt in your eyes without them.) Our tow hook was more of a circle than the loop shown on the instructions. Taking out the passenger side back-up light during installation made getting the bolt in possible. 5899
by: James W.10/10/2013
The trailer hitch is solidly built an fairly straightforward to install even on your own. However having an extra set hands to hold hitch in place will help. The exhaust tip does rub against the hitch while car is running an creates a lil extra noise but a couple of zip ties should move exhaust that extra half inch to eliminate that. Otherwise great product. 2003 VW GTI 103373
by: Ben Garr.05/14/2012
Installation was very easy not hard at all, everything bolts and nuts Iall was in the bag. Just backed the VW GOLF UP ON TWO RAMPS I USE TO CHANGE OIL AND IT LOOKED JUST LIKE THE VEDIO YOU SHOW. TOOK ABOUT ONE HOUR. I also ordered the The two bike carrier to carry my mountain bike, can't wait for it to come. THANKS FOR YOUR PRODUCT LINE 40484
by: Gerry Morin07/31/2011
Installed very easily on my 2003 New Beetle. All the mounting points lined up, all the necessary hardware was there including longer bolts where it attached to the frame in existing threaded mounting position of the exhaust system. Drilled two holes only. Seems to be a very rugged assembly. Very satisfied. 20626
The draw-tite frame is made of very sturdy metal. I was impressed with how well it mated with the car and it installed in under an hour. Very satisfied and I will order from etrailer again since it came UPS in less that two days after I ordered it. Great buy! Thank you! 51884
I have had this hitch for several years and have towed a trailer very easily. IT SAVED MY CAR WHEN I GOT REAR ENDED! It was a fairly slow crash and bent up the hitch but only tiny paint transfer on my car. As a hatchback I think I would have bean totaled otherwise. 37673
by: Scott B.04/27/2012
The hitch i ordered was delivered very fast and the video i viewed to install it on my vehicle made it very easy to install. It fit perfectly and only took about a half hour to install. I am very pleased and strongly recommend etrailer to others!!!!! 38649
by: Erica C07/19/2011
fit my 2002 Golf TDI perfectly. Super easy install - drilling through the trunk pan was the only somewhat difficult part. looks like a rock solid hitch, pulled a small trailer easily, we'll test it with a pop-up soon! 19698
by: Chrissy F.04/27/2013
The lady on the phone who helped me was totally amazing. She sent everything I needed. Now my little bug is all ready to go road trippin'. Picture of Truckers World installing it. Thanks y'all! 78093
by: Bass M.04/17/2010
A 1 hitch for my beetle With a convertable beetle the hitch mount reciever was the only way to go for my bike rack. This hitch went on easily and does the job as described. thanks 2940
by: Rene Robichaux04/28/2012
The trailer hitch was easy to install on my 2006 VW Beetle. In fact, it took me almost as much time to get the spare tire back in the trunk as it did to instal the hitch. 38715
by: Tony M07/31/2011
Installation went very well. Relatively easy. Hitch looks well built. The two additional bolts which are located in the spare tire well add structural rigidity. 20621
by: David S.06/01/2012
The "excellent" applies to the price, ordering, shipping, and delivery. I will be happy to respond further after the hitch has been installed. 42277
by: timothy eder05/14/2012
wow....it took longer to find all my tools than to install this on my 2002 golf .. no problems at all, now i can go look at trailers . 40509
Hitch was perfect. Fit good had all the parts I'm very pleased with etrailer.com. I would definitely buy from them again 72390
by: David Speak09/18/2012
Very fast service and installation went just like the instructions. Fast delivery and great price! Thanks, Dave 55048
by: Carl S.08/17/2011
Good design, more mounting points than the competition. Fantastic experience with etrailer. Highly recommended! 22012
Perfect fit on my 2002 TDI VW Golf. Install took less then an hour. 81215
by: Darryl Lindsley11/07/2011
The hitch installed quite easily, the instructions were right on. 26660
by: Tim E10/19/2011
extremely quick delivery. Easy to install as video illustrated 25824
by: Kent S.01/17/2012
Good quality and pricing. Fast shipping. 29855
Fits perfect 102578
by: Dwayne Mitschke08/02/2012
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